Test Engineer (Seattle, full-time)

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Glowforge is a desktop laser that carves and engraves beautiful products from raw materials like wood, leather, paper – even chocolate.

If you haven’t already, check out our video on glowforge.com. While you’re there, you’ll notice something amazing: Glowforge is one of the most funded preorder campaigns of all time. We’re not creating a geeky tool for the tech elite; we’re crafting an iconic product that is going to change the way people think about creativity.

Our founders are three creators from different backgrounds (hardware, software, design) who’ve each turned products into multimillion-dollar businesses. We’ve got a full electronics lab, machine shop, and makerspace, with 3D printers, sewing machines, optical benches, scrapbook cutters, and a 7-ton CNC vertical mill. This is a company for people who are passionate about creating things, from clothes to furniture to machines to food. If that’s you, we’re going to do amazing things together.

Why we need you

One of the unusual things about the Glowforge architecture is that we moved many of the hard engineering problems from hardware to software. Our cloud service does the heavy lifting for features like alignment and autofocus. It also makes it dead easy to diagram, draw, or doodle your invention and print it directly to wood, acrylic, fabric, leather, or paper.

Our team is composed of software generalists and we know that you are one too, but we particularly want your passion and thoughtfulness around quality assurance. While you’ll do lots of things here, you’ll be the go-to person for testing infrastructure and best-practices, and will spread your knowledge and experience through an organization that is eager to learn. Everyone on the software team will be responsible for ensuring the quality of their own code, but you will provide the tools and techniques that make this possible and quantifiable. Your expertise will be a crucial part of making

Glowforge the reliable, trustworthy, and delightful service our customers want.

While this role is written for someone with a four-year degree and several years of industry experience, if you’re truly great at what you do and excited about what we do, we want to talk to you — whether you’re brand new to the industry or you’ve been a veteran architect for decades.

Here’s what you’ll be doing

  • First and foremost, any task that helps us create an amazing product for our customers — which will include stretching your coding skills in new directions and pitching in when your colleagues need help.
  • Driving the decisions and establishing best practices around functional, integration, regression, and performance testing for the entire software team.
  • Building automated test suites across all aspects of the product and incorporating them into our continuous integration tools.
  • Working closely with the hardware team to understand the capabilities and failure conditions of our product and know best how to simulate those conditions.
  • Building the software to fabricate the future – not just another CRUD app.

You need these qualifications

  • You write copious amounts of thoughtful, high-quality code.
  • You’ve been responsible for ensuring the quality of a shipping product that people love.
  • You’re excited about being personally responsible for making Glowforge successful, and you’re comfortable navigating ambiguity that arises in a startup environment, adjusting to changing priorities, and moving confidently even when guidance is limited.
  • You’re thoughtful about test planning, test automation, and test case creation/maintenance.
  • You’re passionate about shipping great software, and know the kinds of tradeoffs necessary to ship reliable code with very limited resources.

It would be nice if…

  • You’re experienced writing test code across a variety of platforms, including client-side Javascript, Rails, Node, and Python.
  • You’re familiar with hardware challenges like drivers, motion controller algorithms, and/or low-level code (you’ll be working closely with the hardware team and may have the opportunity to test low-level interfaces).
  • You have mobile experience.
  • You’re comfortable with ad-hoc testing and have an ability to break things reproducibly.

Please send us your resume, plus something so we can get a sense of your work. For example, we’d love to see your Github page or a list of projects that you’ve been a part of.

One more, very important thing: we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We’re strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and all applicants for employment. For us, this is the only acceptable way to do business.


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